Pride and Prejudice

April 7, 2010

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s classic novel comes to life in this 2005 adaptation by Joe Wright.  It is a beautiful film.  The story flows wonderfully, the visuals are simply stunning, and the acting performances are very good.

The story adheres closely to the original book by Jane Austen.  Having not read it, I’m going based off of what others have told me and seeing the A&E special, which was brilliantly done.  It is hard to compare the stories between the two since this version is two hours as compared to five hours with the A&E version.  The story of the five sisters who are looking for love and basically living their lives in Georgian England.  It combines subtle sarcastic humor, with drama, and with a few different romantic trysts.

The acting is very solid.  The lead performance by Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, the second oldest sister in the Bennet family.  Knightley is a good actress, but she really shines in these period pieces and under the direction of Joe Wright.  They collaborate on Atonement as well.  Carey Mulligan, who should be coming a household name after her performance in An Education, plays one of the younger sisters, Kitty Bennet.  Her performance isn’t the most memorable in this film, but it is solid, and in terms of talent, she is the next best actress.  The rest of the talent in this film is relatively unknown.  However, none of the performances are poor at all.  Dame Judy Dench is a solid performance in this film, but a smaller performance.

Visually, Joe Wright, is a very good performer.  He does a good job creating the atmosphere of Georgia England, and it is very entertaining, that way.  It is a wide sweeping film with lots of grand shots of the rolling English countryside.  This works well for this type of film works well for the time period of film in which it is set.  It is a slow paced film and the wide shots like that work extremely well.

This film is a well constructed film overall.  It does lose some of the humor and subtly that shows up in the A&E version.  It was very entertaining as a whole, and the acting talent is probably better.  This is a film that most guys can enjoy, but for obvious reason it is good film for girls.  The humor itself makes it worth checking out as Jane Austen is good at adding sarcastic humor in the story.

Entertainment Grade: B

Critical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+


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